December Club Team Competition!

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Fencers! This Thursday (13th Dec 2018) we’re going to hold a club team competition. Great way to get some of the newer fencers involved in a bit of competitive fencing, great way of getting us all to know a few more names.

Come on time, quick warm up and we’ll start at 8:15 sharp.
Teams of 3 or 4 depending on numbers, deffo Foil, if there are enough Epeeists to make two teams then Epee as well. Goes without saying there’ll be prizes…

That’s just a warm-up for the Christmas meal at Lussmanns on Friday (14th) 8:45pm. Meet at the Boot at 8:00pm.
On Thursday 20th Dec. it will be this year’s last Lajos’ Epee night and then the Great British Fencing Bake Off upstairs at with a few drinks to finish of the fencing year. Don’t forget your baked goods!

Also time to think about what you can do for the club next year. We need new ideas, help and enthusiasm. Both on club evenings and on the committee. It’s your club, we need your help.

See you Thursday!

Last 3 Counties Match Report – Luton

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Hello fencing fans.
On Thursday 29th of Nov we hosted Luton for our final 3 Counties match of 2018.

  • We won the foil 6 -2 (the final bout being a draw when the time elapsed)
  • We just lost the epee 4 – 5 but that still meant overall a another match win at 10 – 7

Thanks to Giles, JD and Philip for the foil, and Graham and Richard for the epee.  Thanks also to the everyone who volunteered, we were over-subscribed which is a nice problem to have!

Special thanks to Richard who stood in to captain the team for a couple of matches this year when I was injured.

And so with all our matches played, our fate now rests in the hands of others. As it stands at the time of writing, we’re ranked joint 1st in foil (with Watford), 4th in epee, and joint 2nd overall (with Bedford).

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Full results table here:   http://www.sa-fc.org.uk/revamp/three-counties/

But other teams still have matches outstanding so it could all change.  Or it could not, they might not get played….. who knows?

Finally, thanks to all those that have supported your Club and Captain over the course of the year.
It’s great to have a willing band of volunteers and we’ve had a full team of six fencers for pretty much every match, which is especially impressive for the away matches! It really is very much appreciated.

THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH”

Captain James Bryant

SAFC End of year kit amnesty

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Please take a look in your kit bags, in the boot of your car, under your bed – any SAFC kit? The body wire you borrowed as a spare for the competition, the glove you borrowed when you’d forgotten your own, the plastron you took home to wash. Please have a look and return anything you’ve got before the end of the year.

With eternal gratitude,
J.D
Armorer

Penultimate 3C match of the year – Bedford

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Tuesday night an intrepid band of fencers headed north into the darkness of Bedfordshireshire.

The teams were
FOIL:  JAKE, SIMON, MÉLANIE
EPEE: RICHARD, MATTHEW, BRYANT

Having fenced at Bedford a few times I knew the epee would be tough – they’re currently ranked 1st for epee in the competition, for good reason.

And so it proved to be…  We only managed to win 2 of our epee matches.  But it was so close to being a different story, with Matthew & Richard both losing one of their matches by a single point.

Thankfully the foil was a different story.  Jake won all three of his matches, Mélanie won one of hers (it was so nearly 2 wins, losing a match by one hit) and Simon already had two wins under his belt.

The last bout of the evening was Simon’s 3rd fight and THE DECIDER!  we needed a victory to win the foil 7-2 and so get a draw overall.

It started well and Simon got an early lead to 4-2 and looked to have the win in the bag!
but frustratingly his opponent pulled back a couple of hits to level the score at four-all.

It was tense!  But Simon got the final all-important hit.  Well done.  And so the foil was ours and the match an overall draw.   A fair result for both teams.

Thanks to all who gave up their time on a dark, cold wet Tuesday night.

That was our penultimate 3C match of the year.  The final one being Luton who was due to visit us a few weeks ago but had to cancel.

We’re now looking at a new date of either Thurs.29.Nov or Thurs.06.Nov, pending Luton to confirm.  Watch this space.

Your Captain

Sabre Friendly at PDFA!

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Sabre match at PDFA – St Albans emerged victorious (45 to 30) at an interclub match last Monday (12th Nov) at PDFA.
We were made to feel very welcome and took part in a very well run and friendly competition.

Simon, Phil Elliot, Richard, Bird and Evan took part. The PDFA team are looking forward to a return match. We’ll be inviting them over soon.